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ARB Newsclips for July 2, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CAP AND TRADE Gas station event to decry law's 'hidden tax.' Business and political leaders plan to gather at a Coffee Road gas station Wednesday to call attention to a state law they say will significantly raise pump prices early next year. Organized by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, the "Fed Up at the Pump" event is expected to criticize rules geared toward reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as required by 2006's landmark Assembly Bill 32. Posted. http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/kern-gusher/x855026410/Gas-station-event-to-decry-laws-hidden-tax AIR POLLUTION EPA Seeks to Reduce Landfills’ Methane Emissions. The EPA has proposed updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills that would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The agency also is seeking public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/07/02/epa-seeks-to-reduce-landfills-methane-emissions/ Wal-Mart Among Companies Fined for Selling Products That Create Too Much Pollution. Hair care company Bumble and Bumble and Wal-Mart are among the companies fined by the California Air Resources Board for selling products that create too much pollution. Spokesman Antonio Leaks says they settled some 20 cases in the second half of 2013 involving air-quality violations. Posted. http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/walmart-among-companies-fined-for-selling-12517567/ CLIMATE CHANGE Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit. NASA’s new spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $468 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission had to be put off when Tuesday’s launching attempt was halted with just 46 seconds left in the countdown. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/science/space/second-try-puts-carbon-observatory-into-orbit.html China’s Hurdle to Fast Action on Climate Change. When the Environmental Protection Agency published in June its new rules to combat carbon emissions from power plants, the American political class lit up in debates over what this meant for the country’s carbon emissions, its coal industry and its economic growth. But a more relevant discussion was taking place some 7,000 miles away. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/business/economy/persuading-china-to-act-fast-on-climate-change.html?_r=0 http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/02/nasa-launches-new-satellite-to-map-co2-emissions/ 1969: A Warning on Global Warming. This feature looks at the first time famous names or terms appeared in The Times. Have an idea for someone or something you would like to read about? Send a suggestion in the comments section. The world was chock-full of man-made conflagrations in 1969 Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2014/07/01/1969-a-warning-on-global-warming/ BY SUBSCRIPTION Climate Change Joins Lions and Livestock in an Unlikely Partnership. The rolling sea of long, golden grasses that characterize Africa’s savannas serve not only as representations of the unique ecosystems of this expansive continent but also as symbols of a quietly but precisely balanced climate. Posted. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/02/climate-change-joins-lions-and-livestock-in-an-unlikely-partnership/ DROUGHT California struggles to manage water rights in drought. Six weeks after ordering thousands of California water users to stop diverting from rivers and streams amid the worst drought in a generation, state officials say only 31 percent have bothered to respond by sending back the required forms. Now, their efforts to force the rest to comply are prompting threats of lawsuits and economic chaos. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/01/6527849/california-struggles-to-manage.html#storylink=cpy Managing our water: Tips, regulations and sources for keeping California wet. As California officials struggles to develop strategies and approaches for conserving water for residents and companies in the state parched by another year of drought, other government entities as well as individuals have taken steps to reduce water consumption. Here are many resources geared toward ensuring we don’t go totally dry before the rains return. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/01/6527276/managing-our-water-tips-regulations.html#storylink=cpy GREEN ENERGY Renewables to Get Most of $7.7 Trillion Power Investments. (Corrects to say $2.5 trillion not billion in the last paragraph. Also corrects dateline.) Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels. About half of the investment will be in Asia, the region where power capacity will grow the most…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-07-01/renewables-to-get-most-of-7-7-trillion-power-investments.html Hackers Find Open Back Door to Power Grid With Renewables. Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-01/renewable-energy-s-expansion-exposing-grids-to-hacking.html Georgia Coal-to-Solar Pivot Shows the Way on Climate Regs. Georgia small-business owner Julian Smith keeps hearing that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills. He doesn’t believe the prediction, but he isn’t arguing: The fears are doing wonders for his solar-panel installation company. “My phone is blowing up with new customers,” Smith, owner of SolarSmith LLC of Savannah, said in an interview. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-01/georgia-coal-to-nuke-pivot-shows-the-way-on-climate-regs.html Oil-producing Iran looks to solar to light future. In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power. President Hassan Rouhani's government has quintupled its spending on solar power projects…Posted. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul/01/oil-producing-iran-looks-to-solar-to-light-future/ US gives conditional backing for Cape Wind project. The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it has conditionally committed to a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind's proposed energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. Company President Jim Gordon said the announcement represents an "important endorsement" by the federal government as Cape Wind seeks to attract the remaining private capital needed to get the estimated $2.6 billion project…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/US-gives-conditional-backing-for-Cape-Wind-project-5591878.php Energy investments face a changing climate. The opening bell has sounded for investors concerned about climate change. Businesses have started creating renewable energy financing mechanisms as ways to address climate change, a trend that's underscored by a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that said the increasing risks to investors and financial institutions dependent on fossil fuels…Posted. http://washingtonexaminer.com/energy-investments-face-a-changing-climate/article/2550434 Rooftop solar advances cloud the appeal of utility bonds – analysts. The outlook for rooftop solar units and household storage batteries in this decade is promising enough to add a new element of investment risk to high-grade utility industry bonds, according to an analysis by Barclays Credit Research. "We are not calling for the elimination of electric utilities, but believe the combination of cost competitive solar and storage could alter the current business model…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1060002262/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY BLOGS China Sees Long Road to Cleaning Up Pollution. A trickle of statements from Chinese leaders in recent months have given hope to some residents of Beijing and other smog-choked Chinese cities that they might regularly breathe clean air within a few years. Prime Minister Li Keqiang in March declared a “war against pollution,” for instance. But China Daily, an official English-language newspaper…Posted. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/china-sees-long-road-to-cleaning-up-pollution/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C[%22RI%3A6%22%2C%22RI%3A17%22] Listening to GOP on climate change. Let’s hope that the words of former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Lee Thomas, William K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman did not fall on deaf ears on Capitol Hill (“GOP EPA chiefs: Act on climate,” June 19). Let’s hope that those who listened came away with respect for their courage. Let’s hope that those legislators who still object to President Obama’s carbon-reduction efforts consider an alternate route…Posted. http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/listening-to-gop-on-climate-change-2/29792/ Duke Energy reduces emissions, fuel use with coal-plant locomotive. Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station is already using the first of four high-efficiency, low-emission locomotives the Charlotte-based utility is buying to haul coal at power plants. Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants. Posted. http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/energy/2014/07/duke-energy-reduces-emissions-fuel-use-with-coal.html Red, White, and Renewable. According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. has an energy grid in transition. While uncertainty remains concerning the continuation of the federal tax subsidy programs for renewable energy, there is no doubt wind, solar, hydro, and even nuclear power should continue to play a growing part in America's energy production equation. Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brigham-a-mccown/red-white-and-renewable_b_5548203.html Key Republicans: Solving Climate Change More Important Now Than Ever. By now, everyone has heard that unmitigated climate change can lead to ice caps melting, sea levels rising and heat waves escalating. But the world is just now starting to listen to major national Republicans who are pleading with their party’s current leaders to accept the phenomenon as real and to help shape an outcome. Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2014/07/01/key-republicans-solving-climate-change-more-important-now-than-ever/ BNEF: Renewable Energy’s About To Dominate Global Power Investments. Bad news if you’re getting tired of reading new headlines every day about the rapid growth of renewables across the world – they’re only going to keep increasing. Renewable energy could represent up to 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions expected over the next 15 years…Posted. http://cleantechnica.com/2014/07/01/bnef-renewable-energys-about-to-dominate-global-power-investments/ Nissan quietly, quickly installing more CHAdeMO stations. Nissan Leaf electric-vehicle sales continue to grow. And the number of US fast-charging stations that the Leaf can use are growing, well, faster. As it should be. Nissan has made good on its early-2013 vow to help ensure that the number of CHAdeMO stations in the US tripled by mid-2014, with Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas emerging as the most prevalent US markets, Green Car Reports says. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/02/nissan-quietly-quickly-installing-more-chademo-stations/ Recharge Wrap-up. California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) stands, as the Supreme Court rejects oil and ethanol companies' request to review a previous ruling upholding the plan. LCFS would reduce carbon in California's transportation fuels by 10 percent by 2020. Earlier, California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld LCFS, when Big Oil and Ethanol claimed the plan was discriminatory toward out-of-state companies. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/02/formula-e-comes-to-london-hydrogen-fueling-in-denmark/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.